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The most wonderful time of the year

It's the most wonderful time of the year.

Not because the holidays are just around the corner.

And definitely not because the cold is settling in. Although today it has warmed up and is pouring - weather fit for only ducks.

It's the best time of year because it's law school exam time and I am no longer a law student. Even when I practiced (a time in my life I look back on with a bit of queasiness), I could tell myself during this two-week stretch that I at least didn't have to study for finals. For those times (and a couple of weeks before), your life is consumed. Every waking moment is dedicated to studying and cramming a semester's worth of classes. Even if you know the material cold, even if you're just taking a quick break, you feel guilty for not studying.

Most law school classes are graded based 100% on your score on the final exam. It doesn't matter if you've paid attention all semester. It doesn't matter if every time the professor called on you you knew the answer. It doesn't matter if you know the material inside out. What matters is how the professor grades what you wrote in those tense three hours.

So I experience schadenfreude this time of year. However, I am a conduit for the moods of those I'm surrounded by. As the stress level throughout the library and the entire law school rises though my personal stress and anxiety are low (the library, while full, is really just a study hall – no one is doing research at this point in the semester - leaving me little actual work), I feel the pressure of everyone else. But I'm getting better about not letting it get to me. I pull the door closed in my office and keep it out. When I go home, I will put on some music and work on cleaning the place up or reading what I want to read.

And not taking a test tomorrow. Or the next day. Or the next. Huzzah!


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 9th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
Our jobs are so different, yet we still do the same thing so often. I wish my students luck on their finals repeatedly and often then secretly cackle inside that I am not taking any tests and actually find this week kind of peaceful.
Dec. 9th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)

Yay, being evil!!!! :)
Dec. 10th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
Bear: Why don't you play a drinking game? They are a recipe for fun.
Kate: I don't know any, do you Princeton?
Bear: I do! It's called "I Bet I Can Drink This Faster Than You Can." GO!
Dec. 10th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
I love that game.
Dec. 10th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
I hate you right now.

I mean, I get it, and I'm looking forward to the day when I can feel like that, the relief of not doing this, but right now, in the middle of it, I hate you, and everyone else who is not taking law school finals.

Especially you though, for this post. :-D
Dec. 10th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha! Sorry. I did consider you as I wrote it, but it just added to my glee.

I'm a bad person.

Good luck with finals.
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